[6 days until departure]
Yes, that is correct. Finally, there is less than a week on the clock. It is very unreal in our minds and sometimes we think that we have not quite yet realized what is about to happen. However, despite a rollercoaster of emotions and a heap of small last-minute things that have to be organized, we are full of anticipation. The four generous donations which we have received so far did their part to ensure that we put our very best into the planning process. Thanks to Pamela, Annette and Manus!
What really gave us motivation today was the support we received from the amazing staff at a special local bike shop here in Den Haag. Prijssnijder is not only a trusted retailer of Merida but they also manufacture their own brand of bikes. The head mechanic Melvin took five hours to ‘cloth’ our bikes with all necessary equipment. He attached durable locks, mounted rear carriers, ordered saddle bags, gave us water bottles, streamlined saddles and put enough lights and reflectors on the bikes to make us visible from a mile away. You can expect a video before we leave!
For now, a big shout out to the owners Nick van Rijswijk and his dad, for deciding to sponsor Refugee Roads. We will make good use of their amazing equipment. If you are also looking for excellent service and a fair price/quality ratio, make sure to pay them a visit!
Florian & Timo